Compton Verney's annual Textile Fair returns on 7 November bringing beautiful vintage clothes, specialist dyed threads, hand-made stuffed toys and, of course, sumptuous materials from around the globe.
The backdrop for the fourth edition of this increasingly popular and important event - that also showcases both traditional and modern sewing, dress-making and tailoring techniques - is the stunning Grade I-listed Georgian mansion set in 120 acres of Grade II-listed Lancelot 'Capability' Brown parkland.
This year, the spectacular Adam Hall and ground floor will display work from over twenty, industry-leading firms and individuals.
However, you don’t need to be a textile specialist or fashionista to enjoy this remarkable event, says Dr Steven Parissien, Director of Compton Verney “No two stalls the same. On sale there will be everything from vintage clothing and specialist dyed threads, to hand-stitched toy animals and digitally-printed silk cuffs. The fair offers something for everyone and with Christmas not far off, offers a chance to find a unique gift to suit every taste, style and budget.”
Alongside the displays, set amongst masterpieces of Neapolitan, Northern European and British portraiture, visitors to the Textile Fair will be able to see demonstrations from a number of experts, including none other than Alison Smith MBE, the UK’s premier needlework expert and star of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee.
Alison is the first person to ever be awarded an MBE for services to sewing and corsetry and her popular courses, book and patterns are a must within the textile world. She says: My passion has always been sewing – the ability to create something unique. Let me show you how to create beautiful clothes that fit perfectly”.
Not only that, Alison will be inviting members of the public to join her in a series of hands-on workshops.
The price of admission to the Textile Fair is included in collections and grounds admission. For more information about the Textile Fair, plus other events and exhibitions at Compton Verney follow @ComptonVerney on Twitter, like the Compton Verney Facebook page, visit www.comptonverney.org.uk or call 01926 645 500.
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